do badly by (one)(redirected from done badly by them)
do badly by (one)
To treat one poorly. I've been so absorbed in my job that I've done badly by my wife and kids.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
do somehow by someone
to treat someone in a particular manner. (Do not confuse this with a passive construction. The someone is not the actor but the object.) Tom did all right by Ann when he brought her red roses. I did badly by Tom. I fired him without good reason.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.